Seminar of Criticism 6

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207SKK6 ZK 4 3T Czech summer

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Mode of study

Instruction is primarily through moderated discussion of stagings, individual presentations and debates. An inseparable part of the course is group discussions on student writings considering standard principles of editing practice. Assignments may contribute specific topic research for a particular staging, staging reconstruction, or interview.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

No other requirements.

Course contents

This course is focused on an analysis of dance-performative performances from the viewpoint of significance as well as the primarily compositional-formal significance. In introductory meetings, emphasis is placed on pivotal development definitions of dance and movement arts in the 20th and beginning of the 21st centuries which fundamentally modified experienced stereotypes of the understanding of dance, the choreographed human body and movement. Contextualization of individual developmental phases of dance and partial encounters originate in the viewing of selected dance performances of a given period/development definition and their subsequent critique-analysis. The second part of the course is based on the particular audience experience and perception of a dance performance both the current dance-performative repertoir of Czech ensembles and artists, and visits to relevant international fesitvals, subsequent discussions and completion of an independent paper on a selected performance (as a review, essay, short theory analysis study, etc.)

Topic series:

  1. Introduction to the study of dance

How to look at dance? Its perception and analytical-critical review, basic dance-research concepts and their proper interpretation

  1. Historical paradigms of the development of dance and theory though about it I.

Classical dance vs modern dance? Isadora Duncan and her „movement“ away from classical dance, pioneers of modern dance (Emile Jaques-DalCroze, Rudolf Laban, Oskar Schlemmer).

  1. Historical paradigms of the development of dance and theory though about it II.

Dance as the individual testament of the dancer (Mary Wigman, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey), Dance solo - the most expressive reference of modern dance and its contemporary modification.

  1. Dance theatre and its variants (Kurt Jooss, Pina Bausch and others).
  2. Principles of negation and absence in dance

Dance avant garde and post-modern dance: analysis of the essence of dance (Merce Cunningham, Judson Dance Theatre).

  1. Contemporary dance, physical theatre, movement performance

Important performers, forms/genres/concepts, pivotal stagings (Wiliam Forsythe, Wim Vandekeybus, Lloyd Newson, Anne Teresa de Kersmaeker and others).

  1. Conceptual rebound in dance and performance

Xavier Le Roy, Jerome Bel, Boris Charmatz, Vera Mantero, Doris Uhlich, and others.

  1. The most current genres and forms of contemporary dance and performance

Lecture performance, movement installation, post-human turn + cybor, dance virtuality.

  1. Domestic modern and contemporary dance.
  2. Contemporary international fesitvals and plaforms for contemporary dance, movement performance and physical theatre.

Student are acquainted in detail with genres of printed dance critique ((Taneční zóna) and the internet version (Taneční zóna, Taneční aktuality) and requirements placed on them, and, finally, the management and changes in those fields of practice.

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Assessment methods and criteria

Minimum 80% attendance and class participation including visiting all selected stagings or independent viewing of assigned staging recordings (50%).

Partial tasks - papers, research 30%.

Constructive critical evaluation of other students' work 20%.

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

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Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

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The subject is a part of the following study plans